By Samsung Lions first baseman Seung-Yeop Lee, 27, the Asian single-season home run record of 55. Lee tied the record—which was set by legendary Japanese slugger Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and equaled in Japan by Tuffy Rhodes of the U.S. in 2001 and by Venezuela's Alex Cabrera last year—with six games left in the Korean Baseball Organization's 135-game schedule. Unlike Rhodes and Cabrera, who weren't given anything good to hit after reaching 55, Lee was challenged by pitchers, so fans armed with butterfly nets filled the outfield seats. But the Lion King went into a slump and remained homerless until the season's final game. In his first at bat, in front of a home crowd of 15,000 he bashed number 56 over the centerfield fence. The 6'1", 200-pound Lee, who hit .301 with 144 RBIs, seems a shoo-in to win his fifth straight KBO MVP award. Earlier this year Lee became the youngest player ever to hit 300 homers, beating Alex Rodriguez's record by 10 months. Now he'd like to take a crack at the same pitching A-Rod sees: Lee says he intends to pursue a career in America when he becomes a free agent after the playoffs. In 2002 he accepted an invitation from the Cubs to participate in spring training, and this spring he spent time with the Marlins, hitting two homers in 10 at bats in preseason games. "The biggest question is how his power numbers will translate," notes his agent, John Kim, who says 10 major league teams have expressed an interest in the lefthanded-hitting Lee. "Like Matsui, I think you will have to look more at his overall value to the team." Lee has won six gold gloves and has drawn comparisons with Don Mattingly and Rafael Palmeiro. "I've been told that I swing like David Justice, with a little Asian flair," Lee said last week. "Being compared to those guys gives me satisfaction."